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Many of us are mothers and fathers. Our children are the most important part of our lives. Though we have tried to shelter them from the obscenities of the world around them, there is one thing no parent can avoid. We’ve all been through it. It’s the scariest “P” word in the dictionary…PUBERTY!
Yes, you remember those awkward years, despite your best efforts to forget. For some of us it came too early, while the others that waited patiently were called “late bloomers.” So how do you approach the subject of puberty with your children? At what age should this discussion happen? How do you talk about it without scarring them for life? Undoubtedly your children will have questions of their own to ask you. If only the answers came out as quickly and easily as the questions did.
If you are one of the many parents who just do not know how to start such a conversation may we suggest using a book? There are a number of books out there geared toward your child and educating them about their changing bodies. Such titles as The Care and Keeping of You by Valorie Schaefer and The Boy’s Body Book: Everything You Need to Know Growing Up You by Kelli Dunham have proven popular among parents and preteens.
Some parents have no trouble approaching the topic while others are just as uncomfortable with it as the squirming child they will be talking to. Remember, if a child cannot turn to their parent for advice and comfort then who can they turn to? After it’s all said and done, both you and your child will be better off for it. They will be more comfortable with themselves and the idea of approaching you with concerns in the future.